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fine print

[fahyn] /faɪn/
printed matter in small-sized type.
the detailed wording of a contract, lease, insurance policy, or the like, often set in type smaller than the main body of the document and including general restrictions or qualifications that could be considered disadvantageous:
Make sure you read the fine print before signing.
Also called small print.
Origin of fine print
First recorded in 1955-60
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fine-print, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The book was filled with pages of fine print, fancy mathematics, wiring diagrams and charts in nine colors and that kind of thing.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • One, indeed, had been held, and had appeared in fine print in a corner of the Democrat.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Then I looked at the picture on the gray obverse side, and had to strain my eyes on the fine print under it to identify it.

    Crossroads of Destiny Henry Beam Piper
  • This last was a thrilling picture, and ought to make a fine print.

    Storm-Bound Alan Douglas
  • At half-past nine fine print could be read by daylight, and at eleven it was by no means dark.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
British Dictionary definitions for fine print

fine print

matter set in small type, as in a contract, esp considered as containing unfavourable conditions that the signer might overlook Also called small print
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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